Germany's George earns lifetime nod


MUNICH -- Film and television actor Goetz George has been chosen by the organizers of the Deutsche Fernsehpreis (German Television Awards) to receive the 2007 Honorary Founders' Prize. The lifetime achievement award recognizes work that "has had a lasting impact on German television," organizers said Thursday.

George, who is most famous for his role as Commissioner Schimanski in the decades-long telefilm crime series "Tatort," also has starred in dozens of films including "Schtonk" (1992), a comedy about the faking of Hitler's diaries, and "Deathmaker" (1995), a portrait of a serial killer. He will receive his prize at a gala awards ceremony Sept. 29 in Cologne.

The German Television Prize is awarded by the directors of Germany's major broadcasters, with commercial channels RTL and Sat.1 as well as pubcasters ARD and ZDF represented. The organization will award two other major prizes Sept. 29, both of which come with awards of €15,000 ($21,000).

In a statement, George remarked that, in addition to having delivered quality work for many years, there was another qualification for a prize like this one: "You have to have reached a certain age and still be able to remember your lines."